The riddle was the angel in the house
Towards an American ecofeminist Gothic
in Ecogothic
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Ecofeminism occurs at the intersection of gender justice, animal rights and environmental conservation. The moral of ecofeminism is quite simply this: the world quite literally suffers from a lack of imagination. Ecofeminist literacy intervenes in the rhetorical construction of the politics, history and memory that is commonly known as humanity. Reading beyond the canon is one lesson we should learn both from ecofeminism and from the Gothic. Through a case study of Joy Williams's strangely beautiful, marvelously disobedient and very Gothic novel The Changeling, the chapter intends to do just that: aim straight at the canon and demand a more vigorous and diverse literary weave. It carves out a uniquely American ecofeminist Gothic space for Williams. Williams embodies a darkly rebellious strain of what Gertrude Stein has called our 'wholehog American optimism'.

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